Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Crochet Stitches, Visual Encyclopedia by Robyn Chachula

At Cute Crochet Chat, we LOVE any kind of giveaway! Today I am pleased to review (and give away) a wonderful new book by the incredibly popular crochet designer, Robyn Chachula. The book is entitled, Crochet Stitches, Visual Encyclopedia and is published by Wiley. It has been a while since I have seen a crochet book that is so visually appealing.


This book is beautiful. But Crochet Stitches, Visual Encyclopedia is so much more than that! This is a book that you will keep in your crochet library forever. This is a book that you will browse through when you want to be visually inspired. This is a book that you will pick up when you are looking for just-the-right-stitch-pattern for your latest design or project. This is a book that you will go to when you want to LEARN a new crochet stitch pattern or when you want to EXPERIMENT with new crochet stitch patterns. Not enough? There are stitch patterns in this book that I have not seen anywhere else!










Each crochet stitch pattern is accompanied by beautiful full color photographs and easy to read stitch diagrams. There are TIPS throughout the book, which will make learning and using the stitch patterns even more enjoyable!









There are a whopping 36 individual crochet stitch categories, encompassing nine chapters! Included are Simple Stitches, Textured Stitches, Lace Stitches, *Unique* Lace Stitches, Colorwork Stitches, Tunisian Stitches, Square and Hexagonal Motifs, Flower and Snowflake Joining Motifs, and Edging Stitches!














Some of my favorites are the Circular Motifs and the Partial Motif patterns.







Robyn was gracious enough to answer a few questions for our readers!

1. Do you have a favorite book that you have authored?

That is a hard question since I am in love or hate every book I have worked on.  It all depends.  Right now I am loving this encyclopedia.  I have one stationed upstairs in my office and downstairs in my living room.  I am coming back to it over and over while I am writing my new book.  And that is exactly what I wanted to do.  I really wrote this one for me, to catalog all my favorite patterns in one place. *  And so far I have been really using it.  But I am sure my mood will switch and I will get fall back in love with another soon.
* (Reviewer's Note) I love the fact that Robyn initially wanted to write the book so she could compile all her favorite stitches and motifs into one resource!


2. Which is your favorite crochet technique?

Again, it all depends on the way the wind is blowing.  I adore motifs when I am exploring a yarn for the first time.  I love simple stitch patterns to highlight more challenging garment construction.  I use Tunisian to relax after a stressful day; I just love the woven look some patterns can give. 


3. Do you ever crochet from other designer's crochet patterns and if so, do you prefer to follow the written instructions or a visual stitch diagram?

I rarely have time to do anything but my own work.  I think the last time was 18 months ago, when we were moving actually.  And even then, I made up my own pattern.  I do like reading patterns though.  I love to see how another designer's brain works.  For me, stitch diagrams are the key to reading.  I am dyslexic, and the abbreviations are incredibly difficult. That's why I love stitch diagrams.  I can follow those so much easier and really understand how a piece goes together.

Thank you, Robyn, for giving us a glimpse into your design world! If you would like to "meet" Robyn or learn more about her new book, she recently was interviewed on Getting Loopy podcast and Yarn Thing podcast and LB YarnCraft podcast.
Just for FUN, Wiley is giving away a copy of Crochet Stitches to ONE lucky reader of Cute Crochet Chat! In order to be eligible to win, comment on this blog and tell our readers how you have used crochet stitch dictionaries in the past to enhance your crocheting! If you have not done so before, HOW WOULD you use this crochet stitch encyclopedia? Please DON'T FORGET to leave a contact email address in your comment!
A thank you goes out to Wiley Publishing for providing the review copy to Cute Crochet Chat and also the giveaway copy of the book!
You may also purchase a copy of this book at Amazon.
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45 comments :

Grateful4Crochet said...

Hi. I have never used a crochet encyclopedia before. I crochet prolifically, however for some reason have never been able to master reading patterns!!!
Not sure why, however that limits me to freeform crochet,and lots of blankets and scarves. This one looks amazing, and I really like the visual component to it,and think it may help me recover from my "reading crochet patterns phobia".

yarner said...

I love stitch encyclopedias, but I don't have one of my own, and when I want to look at one I borrow it from the library. If I won this I would use it for inspiration in creating my own patterns. I am really into making hats at the moment, and I think this encyclopedia would be really great for this! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

Kate M said...

I have never used a crochet dictionary before but I am so excited for this one. I love the patterns that Robyn puts together and her diagrams are THE BEST. I think that I would use this to make blankets the most, before seeing the book, with the motifs that she has in there. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book!

Ashley said...

Oh I would love to learn some new stitches! It would be fun to try them in scarves or blankets.

Mindy said...

I've not used one before, but it sure looks like something that would immensely improve my crocheting!! It looks amazing!! I love the idea of all that info 'under one roof' at a crocheter's fingertips.
Thanks for the chance to win!!!

VickiT said...

Because I'm just learning crochet I've never used a stitch encyclopedia. I would be using it to help me visually see what the different stitches should look like so I can compare what mine look like which, I'm sure will be quite different. LOL BUT, that's why we all practice and learn and me being a visual learning I'm sure this book would be extremely helpful.

Hooky said...

First of all: AWESOME GIVEAWAY! I have bookmarked this dictionary months ago and anticipated the release. My life goal is grow my stitch pattern knowledge for handmade gift giving (monsters and creatures galore!) and to be able to make free flowing forms for fiber installation for fine art. I love crochet, I love books, I love this crochet book! Stay crafty and hook on!

April Garwood said...

Hi Jocelyn! I use crochet stitch dictionaries to give my ideas for stitch patterns in designing crochet patterns. Sometimes I use the stitch pattern as is, sometimes I modify it a little to make it my own. I would LOVE to win the book! My email is aprilgarwood (at) att (dot) net. Thanks!

Bailey said...

I like the pictures in this book. I have a stitch dictionary that I like, but it is all black/white drawings, not pictures. I am a visual learner and photographs REALLY help.

Sue D said...

I love crochet SO much and Robyn is my favorite designer. I would really like to experiment in using crochet as embellishments on clothing. An awesome encyclopedia would be delicious!

Margo said...

I like playing around with different stitch combinations. I use stitch encyclopedias and dictionaries for inspiration.

MellowMe said...

Need a crochet encyclopedia for helping me put finishing touches on my projects. I love gifting & would like to make them look as polished as possible with the perfect trims.
Pick me...Oh! Oh! Pick me!!!
;D

Lolaro said...

I just started crocheting and I love it! I have not used a stitch encyclopedia, but do think it would be super helpful, especially since I am a visual learner. Sometimes I forget how to do a stitch, then have to go back to my books and sift through many many pages to find what I want! This book would simplify that, and would also allow me to learn new stitches to improve! :) What a great idea and giveaway! Thanks! lroh_333@hotmail.com

Lilly said...

I have used Crochet Encyclopedia in the past in designing wonderful and new projects to crochet. Also it is a great tool to have around your crochet room in case you need to learn or figure out a certain stitch. What a blessing it would be to win this awesome book by Robin. Thank you for the opportunity!!

Kimberly R. said...

I'd love a chance to enter for this wonderful book - I have borrowed crochet books from the library but would love one of my own to use for creating different wearables and home accessories with new stitches :)
Thanks!
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

tammystreasures said...

I use my stitch pattern books daily! Which is why I'm bored with them and need something new! I love this book and the more I follow it on the blog tour, the more I want it! Great job Robyn and great review Jocelyn!

Genevieve Primeau said...

I have a stitch dictionary that I use, but not as visually stimulating as what this new book shows. I use my books for all reasons, most of the time to get the creative juices flowing and get ideas for gifts.
Also I find that each book has something different to offer, and this book looks like it would be a perfect fit to sit in front of my while I work away on a new creation

Richard Rose said...

This is one book I would really love to have. I currently use the "Harmony Guide to Crochet Stitches", mainly for finding a different texture for my teapot cosies.

barbgaetz@gmail.com said...

Hi Jocelyn, What a great book! This would become a reference for me. I think it would be nice to use the motif's as Robyn suggested...trying out new yarns. I have been getting back into crochet in a big way and am enjoying it so much. Turns out it's great for blood pressure and relaxation too. Sure could use a book like this as I haven't one right now. Thanks Jocelyn, Robyn & Wiley Publishing for a chance too win!

LaNouchette said...

What a great encyclopedia ! And fun giveaway, thank you !
In fact the stitch dictionary which is always with me is an old knitting stitches one. And I have done a pretty lacy cowl. So I bet I'll do the same with your book if I win ! ;-)

Kara said...

I've never had a crochet stitch dictionary, but I would LOVE a copy of this one to help improve my crochet skills and let me design things combining crochet and knitted elements. Thanks for the fantastic giveaway!

mama.hobbit.arts [at] gmail.com

kateyhbf@gmail.com said...

I would use this mostlikey to make blankets. I think they are my favorite thing to make. If you do motifs you get small accomplishments along the way! Excited to see the new book from Robyn. Thanks for the chance to win!

jackie-tn said...
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jackie-tn said...

I would love to have this for reference. It looks great!

(I forgot to leave an email addy it's kroshey at yahoo dot com)

lorraine said...

yay! i hope i win..i use stitch dictionaries to enhance simple patterns and make them unique and different..they are also fantastic as designing tools! :) raineoc@yahoo.com

Valeria said...

I'm looking for a stitch encyclopedia, since I'm rather new at crochet!
I´m starting a crochet library, I love craft books!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Lundy09 said...

G'day, I am a self-taught crocheter & would LOVE a stitch encyclopaedia.As I am quite isolated where I live - i.e. no library, LYS etc. The internet is a saving grace, but I still love printed paper, so thank you for this opportunity.

Princess said...

Lovely interview and delightful review. Regarding dictionaries...I've used it to research shapes (snowflakes, leaves, or angles and edging) and to look at stitch patterns, of course. I'm anxious to get my stitchy fingers on the encyclopedia...it's looks divine!

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vikki said...

I have never used a stitch dicationary. I use pictures and wing it. This book is on my Christmas wish list. The idea of having all stitches listed in one place sounds like heaven. I would like to be able to design my own doily patterns and I think this book would help alot. vikkihook@yahoo.com.

theresay said...

I love using stitch dictionaries to find the perfect stitch to show off a yarn store find!

Katno said...

My granny taught me how to crochet when I was a little girl, but since she died I sometimes struggle with some patterns when pictures are missing. I would love to use encyclopedia which would help me with other steps and give me more and more inspiration.

annettehynes said...

I love using stitch dictionaries for inspiration for sweaters, afghans, and scarves.

And hooray for stitch diagrams!

Julie said...

I got a stitch dictionary book out of the library once when I was looking for a new stitch to use for an afghan and I loved the book! I would really love to have a copy of my own, so thanks bunches for an amazing giveaway!!
jwitt33 at live dot com

mamakay said...

Hi, this would be so helpful as I try to learn more stitches in my crochet. Usually I have to hunt it on the internet and try to follow along, it can be cumbersome to try to do this with my crochet as my computer area is very small. I am currently very limited in my stitches and am only able to choose easy patterns.Thank you.

Deb said...

I've used stitch dictionaries to come up with a different stitch to use with a pattern. For example: Lots of patterns use scalloped edgings, and I hate scalloped edgings (!).

Robyn is one of my favorite designers and I love her patterns.

Anonymous said...

I've been looking for a stitch encyclopedia and this one looks perfect. I've been experimenting with my own patterns and this will be just perfect for inspiring creativity. I hope i win one! lha104@gmail.com

jacqui said...

I would love to win this book! I use stitch encyclopedias to play around with new yarn & to gain ideas for things I design- right now- cowls!

elizabethann7936 said...

I've been crocheting for many years, but am new to "visual" crochet/charts. I'm amazed at how much easier they are to use, as written instructions are all too often unclear. I've not used a stitch dictionary before, but can see how essential a book like this would be to veteran and newbie stitchers alike! I look forward to expanding my crochet repertoire with the aid of "visual designers' like Robyn! elizabethann7936@sbcglobal.net

Shebandowan said...

Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful encyclopedia. It would be a fantastic guide when working on a project with new and difficult stitches.

Janet

CrochetedJewels said...

I would LOVE to be able to add this book to my collection! I use stitch encyclopedias whenever I need to verify that I am working something correcting...now that I have just come home from Stitches East, and have taken 2 classes with Mary Beth Temple, I am a new Getting Loopy listener, and can't wait for her return (and the return of my power!)
This book will help me more fully implement the things I learned...I really hope it winds up in my house! Thanks!

becca ann said...

I love looking at books to make things and I get ideas from them. I love to crochet and have started teaching my daughter to crochet.

Shawn said...

I used a crochet Encylopedia I borrowed from the Library to learn how to crochet! I didn't have anyone around here to teach me,and I really just wanted to learn! So Off to the library I went, I gotthe book and a 12 minute video to learn to do a granny square! Ha! Great memories! My world changed when I learned to crochet. It has added so much to my life, andHas surely helped me to add something to others lives! I would certainly treasure having the Encylopedia. A cherrished book I would use often and have a great gift to pass on to my little nieces! Thanks for the contest! and have a Great, happy and blessed day! shawn cicchini

Chimica said...

Over the last few months I have grabbed every single stitch dictionary I could find! I often make premature baby blankets and because of the small size I can't just make a normal afghan. Without dictionaries I'd be stuck doing the math per inch for all the afghan patterns. I'd LOVE to have this book in my collection.
Contact email is Sweetcrabhoney18 (at) aol (dot) com

Njeri said...

I have never used stitching encyclopaedia before. I would very much like to learn new crochet stitches and patterns.